Friday Night Concert: Blue Oyster Cult in Landover, MD 1976

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show by a great band. Every week, I will be posting the kind of show that would have made me excited to stay up past 11, at some time between 1976 and 1984. So have a cup of coffee, eat some sugar, connect the audio output of your TV to your hi-fi system and play this Youtube video LOUD!

Blue Oyster Cult, far as I was concerned, were state of the art rock and roll at the end of the 70s. I saw them on a stadium bill in 1978 with AC/DC, Journey, Cheap Trick, and Nugent, and they were, by some distance, the best band of the day. I think of them as the American Sabbath, a certain type of standard bearer for hard rock in the days before heavy metal codified the symbols.

My friend Rich reminded me of a great BOC show from their 1981 tour that we both saw on one of those late-night Friday music programs. For this week’s edition, however, I decided to turn the time machine back a few years, to a complete show from the 1976 tour for Agents Of Fortune. This show, which appears here in amazing quality, has the classic five-piece band, doing material from the first four albums, hamming it up in their first year as arena rockers.

About Bob Lee

World-class drummer and writer. Bob Lee started interviewing bands while working in college radio and later contributed to various publications including early issues of Ben is Dead. As a drummer and singer, he has toured and recorded with bands such as Claw Hammer, Jon Wahl & The Amadans, Mike Watt and the Black Gang, Backbiter, Crawlspace, Hot Damn and Fearless Leader. He is the quiet, sneaky one of the band. When writing, Bob’s credo is, “All we have is the truth.”
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